Extension office plans field day

Do you have small ruminants or interest in the production of these animals?

Providing these animals with quality forage to graze or browse is a significant practice that can you reduce your feed costs.

Utilization of some of the grazing brasicas such as the grazing turnips can be used to provide livestock with quality grazing in the fall and early winter.

Along with this practice, the utilization of electric fencing to manage their grazing can improve use of these forages to extend grazing and reduce waste.

To see these practices in use, plan to attend the Small Ruminant Field Day on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, to be held at the Cannon Farm in Drasco on Highway 5 North. The session starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m.

We will travel to Damascus and repeat the program at the Clements Farm just south of Damascus located at 88 Spires Road with the program starting at 2 p.m. concluding by 4:30 p.m.

The topics to be covered at both of these field days include: Farm Overview, Alternative Winter Annuals, Electric Fencing, and Pasture Layout and Design. The Cleburne, Faulkner, Stone, and Van Buren County Extension offices of the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture are collaborating to conduct this field day.

For more information, call the Van Buren County Extension office at (501) 745-7117

— Danny Griffin, UA Extension Agent